Apple has made some big changes to their developer programs, which I think are a big improvement:
1) You can now apparently develop and deploy to your own iOSÂ device without a program membership. (Possibly only with Xcode 7, I’m not perfectly clear yet). This is a big win for casual developers and people just getting started.
2) There is now a single developer program combining iOS and OS X which is much simpler and cuts the price in half if you subscribe to both
3) The safari extension program is being merged in. This possibly isn’t so great if you were solely doing safari extensions, because now you may need to pay. But if you are doing other development anyway, then it’s a simplified approach (only one program to deal with and remember to renew)
Overall big changes and a strong improvement in most areas.
I’m also hopeful about the new OS versions too.